CRTC to release decision from Wireless Code review at 11am EST tomorrow


  • ToniCipriani ✓pǝᴉɟᴉɹǝʌ

    ” For his part, CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais suggested that unlocking fees should be available at a fixed price far below $50.”

    The only fair price that the carriers should be charging is $0. There is no justification to lock phones in the first place other than locking people into paying ridiculous roaming rates. The device subsidy is already financially protected by the contract, in which you pay off the full price of the device should you cancel the subsidizing service.

    • I agree but I don’t think 0, I think they should unlock it if you buy it outright right away or $15 to $30 on a contract and they should offer it right away. The problem with unlocking isn’t really the price, its the fact that you don’t know you have to until you hardly have enough time to do the process.

    • ToniCipriani ✓pǝᴉɟᴉɹǝʌ

      My point being they shouldn’t even be locked in the first place, so it’s unreasonable to charge anything to undo the lock. It’s just like SIM card fees, you need the darn SIM card to use the service, so they shouldn’t be charging for it, at least the initial one (unless you break or lose the card, then it’s reasonable to charge for a replacement).

      If the carriers think it’s such a burden they need to charge for the service, then they shouldn’t even lock it in the first place. But clearly judging by the profits they are turning, it’s not.

    • They would argue that it is to combat theft. It doesn’t stop it but it makes it harder to just walk away with the phone. They know they won’t keep you with customer service lol so they can at least keep you with hardware.

    • ToniCipriani ✓pǝᴉɟᴉɹǝʌ

      They already (ab)use the national blacklist for that purpose… to kill phones attached to delinquent bills or their own screwups.

    • Ricky Bobby

      The only theft taking place here is Robellus charging a ridiculous amount to unlock phones, and making record profits from doing so

    • It’s Me

      Exactly. There is no legitimate reason to allow them to charge anything to unlock phones that are only locked by their policies. In fact there is no legitimate reason to allow locking at all.

  • A lot of the Asian countries sell phones to you unlocked regardless you are on contract or buy it outright. Locking the phone is an extra cost to the carrier and the manufacturer and yet the evil three have the guts to charge you to undo the mess. It’s like you are paying them to mess up and you are paying to fix the mess after

    • It’s Me

      That’s what’s otherwise called a racket. More well known racket would include things like paying protection money to avoid broken legs.

      Create a problem and then charge to fix the problem.

  • PumaYaYa

    Their service and price should be sooooo damn good that you wouldn’t want to leave them…